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O’Reilly Backlash…

10 Aug

 

Was it worth spending five minutes on the O’Reilly Factor,taking Bill’s abuse, and having to read the outpouring of hate email from the kind of deranged people who represent the small right-wing fringe of American politics?

I’m not sure…

Except that my 15-year old daughter told me that she was proud of me. That made it worth it.

My thoughts after the experience are here.

O’Reilly’s Problem with Peter Dreier

9 Aug

It was inevitable…

Last night Peter Dreier spoke on Bill O’Reilly’s show. Despite saying that he seemed “like an honest guy” Bill didn’t like much of what Peter had to say… especially that whole “right wing buffoonery” business!

Conservatives went wild on Peter’s twitter page following the show. See the clip.

 

America’s Worst

6 Aug

Romney’s Ruling Class…  Politico obtained the list of attendees at gathering of Romney’s big donors and GOP honchos in Aspen on August 1-2. This is the Republican wing of the 1/100th of 1%, the folks who’ve declared war on workers, consumers, students, veterans, homeowners, unions, the poor, women, gays, immigrants, science, and the environment. A truly despicable group.

Mitt’s Mansions

5 Aug

Mitt, who owns three mansions, tells 15 million desperate “under water” homeowners that there’s nothing the government can do to help them.  Can Obama seize this opportunity to target these voters in key swing states like Florida, Ohio, and Nevada? In this article for Huffington Post, I suggest that Obama should ratchet up his demands on banks to modify “under water” mortgages to help struggling homeowners preserve the American Dream.

a GREAT from a GREAT

5 Aug

ROMNEY’S RULING CLASS

4 Aug

Politico obtained the list of attendees at a gathering of Romney’s big donors and GOP honchos in Aspen on August 1-2. This is the Republican wing of the 1/100th of 1%, the folks who’ve declared war on workers, consumers, students, homeowners, women, immigrants, veterans, unions, the  poor, gays, science, and the environment. A truly despicable group of people. Attendance list linked below.

a GREAT from a GREAT

4 Aug

I have no country to fight formy country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.”

Book Talk: Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood

3 Aug

Come hear about my new book and get a signed copy at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood.

Interview on Global Voices for Justice

3 Aug

I recently spoke about my book and the ongoing fight for social justice. Check out the talk here: Part 1 and Part 2.

The Nameless: Deportees and Immigrants

25 Jul

In 1948,  Woody Guthrie wrote his haunting song “Deportee” after reading a New York Timesarticle that identified the victims of an airplane crash simply as “deportees” without names, but identified the names of the pilot and crew. Yesterday’s New York Times did the same thing in an article about a truck crash in Texas that killed 14 people identified in the headline and story only as “illegal immigrants.”   I wrote about this disturbing parallel in theHuffington Post today in an article,  “64 Years Later, Dead Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Nameless in the New York Times.”

Guthrie’s words, written 64 years ago about the mistreatment of Mexican migrant workers —“They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves” — are, unfortunately, hardly outdated.